Metric frontwoman and Broken Social Scene member Emily Haines may be more well-known for her bands, but any fan should also take a look into the work of her solo moniker, Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton.
After a well-received debut record in 2006 by the name of Knives Don’t Have Your Back and the subsequent What Is Free to a Good Home? EP in 2007, Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton had remained radio-silent for the most part, until now. She has just announced a second full-length effort with the project, called Choir of the Mind.
Choir of the Mind will be released September 15th, via Last Gang Records/eOne.
“The whole process of why music needs to happen when it needs to happen has always been mysterious to me,” said Haines to Rolling Stone. “We function very much outside of a commercial imperative, so this one, it just was time.”
Along with the album announcement, Haines has released it’s lead single, by the name “Fatal Gift.”
The track deals with grappling with success, what that really means and where it leads. The haunting track opens with Haines’ ethereal, lush voice dancing over a lonely piano, until, about a minute and a half in, a groovy Muse-reminiscent bassline, a distant light percussion and choral vocals add to the building instrumentation. All the while, Haines’ presence in the layered track just grows and grows, strengthening the atmosphere of the song.
“I really like the sort of otherworldly place that I live when I’m just locked in a room with the piano and I love the idea that I could capture that in a sound, that feeling, sort of leaving your body and just drifting,” she says.
Check out the album cover, as well as the music video for the single below.
Photo Credit: Raymond Flotat